Each year, PAW is lucky to have some of Princeton’s top student writers as On the Campus columnists. It’s the job of these writers to report on campus life as only a current student could.
The résumés of our writers evidence the extraordinary range of interests of today’s students. Three writers return from last year. Jessica Lander ’10 is an anthropology major who is working on a certificate in African studies — she studies Swahili, writes creative nonfiction, enjoys scaling Princeton’s rock-climbing wall, and sings folk songs. So far this year, she has reported on the launch of Princeton’s bridge-year program and the devotion of students to the organic garden at Forbes College. East Asian studies major Nikki Leon ’11 enjoys all forms of media: In addition to writing for PAW (her column about a particularly interesting freshman seminar is on p. 12), she works as news director at WPRB; in her spare time, she plays violin with a string quartet. Art-history concentrator Isia Jasiewicz ’10 is building an enviable journalism résumé — editing the Prince’s weekly arts and culture section and writing for other publications, including her hometown newspaper in Lexington, Va.
Four new PAW writers join our veterans. David Walter ’11, who writes in this issue about the no-holds-barred comments posted by Prince readers on the newspaper’s Web site, is a Teen Jeopardy! winner who is active in the University Press Club (you may have seen his work in The New York Times). Ben Fong is a second-year master’s-degree student in the Woodrow Wilson School (he was an undergrad at Stanford) with plans to join the Foreign Service after graduation; he already has interned with the U.S. departments of state and labor, and at universities in the United States and abroad. Press Clubber Angela Wu ’12 has been published in magazines such as Marie Claire and Teen Vogue, as well as in local newspapers. And anthropology major Isabel Pike ’11 came to Princeton from Uganda, where she wrote articles for that nation’s leading English-language newspaper and, in 2006, worked on the set of the Oscar-winning film, Last King of Scotland. Back in New Jersey, she dances in an Indian dance troupe and serves as vice president of Princeton’s Slow Food group.
PAW editors work closely with these students and feel lucky to know them — their enthusiasm, talent, and open-mindedness constantly remind us of what’s best about Princeton. Through their columns in PAW, we invite you to meet them, too.
Marilyn H. Marks *86